Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou met as teenagers in 2003 at Goldsmiths College, New Cross, South London. They would go on to become influential figures in the Brit-Folk revival. Their fifth album Fair Lady London, recorded on their 4-track cassette recorder in a quiet corner of a castle in the rolling valleys of East Sussex, was released in late 2018 on the Maiden Voyage Recording Co. Label.Read More
Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985, and grew up in nearby Chesterfield. Five times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. Her first collection, Division Street (2013), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Poetry Award, and won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. In 2014, she was named as a ‘Next Generation Poet’, the prestigious accolade announced only once every ten years, recognising the 20 most exciting new poets from the UK and Ireland. No Map Could Show Them (2016), her second collection, about women and mountaineering, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Helen has been the Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence and the Derbyshire Poet Laureate and was named one of the RSL’s 40 under 40 Fellows in 2018. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Sheffield. Here she will discuss her debut novel Black Car Burning (pub. April 2019 by Chatto & Windus) with journalist and short-story writer Anna Wood.Read More
Jeff Towns is an antiquarian bookdealer by trade, and a foremost expert on Dylan Thomas. His bus-shaped mobile bookshop can be found pitched up at the TGLE every year. On the Caught by the River stage at this year’s festival, he presents a talk on Idris Davies (6 January 1905 – 6 April 1953) - a Left-Wing Welsh poet, born in Rhymney, near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales. Davies began his working life aged 14 as a coal miner, but went on to become a poet published by T.S. Eliot at Faber and Faber. Punctuated with audio clips, Jeff’s talk will follow the journey of how an extract from Davies’ 1938 poem - Gwalia Deserta (meaning literally "Wasteland of Wales"), travelled from Merthyr to New York and into Bob Dylan’s repertoire - via Dylan Thomas and Pete Seeger – and on to be recorded by Dylan and The Band, The Byrds, Cher, Judy Collins, John Denver, Ralph McTell and the Welsh band The Alarm.Read More
Like a homage to smoke-filled vaults, ageing billiard rooms and crumby packets of pork scratchings in the Working Men’s Clubs of days gone by, Todmorden-by-way-of-Europe trio Syd, Jake and Giulia are about to fling open the doors of their own millennial social hub, fusing the 70s post-punk start-stop sound of Talking Heads, Gang of Four and Television with the stomp of Parquet Courts’ positivity. Syd’s half-spoken words jab through Strokes guitar lines with Mark E. Smith drawl...it’s the feeling of a Saturday spent scuffing about in thrift stores and hanging out with friends.Read More
They came from the trees.
Now settled in fertile east London, Snapped Ankles maintain the feral energy of the forest. Fight or flight. Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post-punk angles; an aural onslaught played out on homemade log synths, electrified guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skin.
Snapped Ankles have flourished in the sub-tropical climes of warehouse and squat parties, moving onto performance art collaborations with filmmakers and shows in unlikely locations such as barber shops, games arcades and the forests they once called home. They plough a singular furrow at improbable angles. The woodwose have discovered electricity and they’re not afraid to use it.Read More